I work at the CU campus and help out at Fiske and you are 100% correct that many planetariums are becoming passive and prerecorded. This is NOT the case at Fiske. We always have at least 30 minutes of live talking and exploring with every show we put on. We may watch an IMAX movie but you have an astronomer leading you through the solar system or on a star talk before hand. We always have an expert on hand and in the auditorium to answer questions and interact with the members of the audience. We firmly believe that you should have a live show even if the screen is becoming more digital.
As for our new star-ball we do understand that digital is not everything. We went with the megastar system because it projects, in an analog pinhole format, 22 million stars onto the dome. This means we can give star talks with stars below the human eye's response so we need to use binoculars INSIDE! We have the opportunity now to be more than just the place you learn about the stars but also about the inside of the human body, chemistry, earth processes, and much more.
This theater also provides the best environment in the state for film students to learn about large format production and actually produce content that is shown at Fiske. You should check it out and give us feedback on how we can serve people better but we will not go to the fully preprogrammed format where the audience comes in, sits down, gets filled up with a video, and leaves. We strive for interactive shows where the audience not only participates but helps determine the part of the universe we explore.